Dark this morning and meant to be raining all weekend but no sign of it yet.  There are few better things to do on New Year’s Day than go racing and Musselburgh staged an excellent fixture yesterday in front of a huge crowd that watched good competitive racing for very decent prize money.  A real buzz about the place as a result and a fine example of what can be done – put up the money, draw in the horses, market the fixture well and people turn up in their thousands.  Pleased with our runners, Landecker possibly putting up a career best to be 4th in such a competitive race and Always Tipsy travelling well until being badly bumped on the home bend, there will be another day for him.  I am sure Ayr will be busy today as well and we have three runners on what will be heavy ground.

Lake View Lad at Hexham

Lake View Lad at Hexham

Lake View Lad runs in the first at 12.20 with Stephen on board, his jumping at home has been good since his unfortunate fall at Carlisle last time and he should be fine on the ground over this trip, 10 run.  Clan Legend then bids for his hat trick in the 1.30, he is at the opposite end of the weights now and as such may be vulnerable but he is in good heart – Lucy rides and 9 run.

Clan Legend

Clan Legend

Finally Heilan Rebel runs in the bumper at 3.45, 11 run and Kit rides – he improved on his 2nd start at Sedgefield last month and should improve further today on this more suitable track – he will need to as this looks like a good race.  Lucy also rides Lochnell in the 12.55, Sa Suffit in the 2.40 and Scorpions Sting in the 3.15.

Heilan Rebel

Heilan Rebel

Seismic shock as Channel 4 loses the rights to broadcast racing to ITV, personally I think C4 do an excellent job but their production is marred by far too many adverts from bookmakers, of course this is what makes it pay but it does have an undue influence on the editorial and hopefully ITV’s larger audience will enable them to broaden their advertising base and focus more on the narrative of the sport – and of course they are rumoured to be paying £30m over 4 years, it seems like just the other day that racing was having to pay C4 to put racing on – progress indeed!